Morton defender Michael Doyle expecting to face a different Hibs



Morton defender Michael Doyle reckons Hibs have more strings to their bow under Neil Lennon.

The 25-year-old was part of an Alloa side that beat the Leith outfit in August 2014 and admits they knew what to expect when they came up against Alan Stubbs’ team.

Lennon has already vowed to have Hibs scoring more goals as they seek automatic promotion back to the Premiership and Doyle admits Morton’s eight-game undefeated record will be put to the test this afternoon.

MICHAEL DOYLEHe said: “We always seemed to do quite well for Alloa against Hibs but I think they will be a bit different to the team we faced under Alan Stubbs.

“Under the old manager it was more about total football and playing it in and around the box, while under Neil Lennon I think it’s more direct and scoring more goals.

“I think it will be different in that aspect and it will probably be a bit more physical, you can see that with the guy Grant Holt that they brought in.

“Hibs will still no doubt play good football but I think they’ll offer more of an aerial threat. There will be a Plan B if that total football route does not work.

“I was a young player at Celtic when Neil was coaching the reserves and you could see on the training pitch that he has high standards, and he has that authority.”

Morton are undefeated in all competition this season but are still looking for their first victory in the league following three draws.

Doyle added: “We’ve not been beaten in eight matches and we’ve defeated teams like Kilmarnock and Hamilton along the way so it shows how well we’ve done.

“We’ve also not lost anymore than one goal to a team this season. We’ll know that Hibs will have a lot of the ball but hopefully we can go there and frustrate them.”